"In art, we like to distinguish between positive and negative space. Simply stated, positive space refers to the object in an image and negative space is the area around the object. ". "In the long tradition of Western art and culture, a premium value is placed on the positive shapes. Indeed, even the terms positive and negative imply a scale of value or preference. Eastern art, particularly Far Eastern art (China, Korea, and Japan) uses a much different sensibility. There is a much greater infusion and integration of negative space into Eastern compositions." 1.
I want to incorporate more Eastern compositions into my work and thinking. Eastern art has a wonderful tradition of showing the subject as part of a larger whole. Sometimes negative space is more important than the positive space.
In this scene, I was drawn to how the Eagle and Ravens almost become one with a single graphic shape, resembling oriental calligraphy.
-Object and Context, 2010 Vhcle Magazine Issue 4, Design